September 1, 2017

Six Strategies for Scaling an Open Source Community

We have solved some of the scaling problems with the release management and documentation teams, and are planning a solution for an issue now facing the dependency management team. In the course of working with those teams, I have developed a six-step process that I use to find more sustainable approaches to scaling open source community practices.

1. Understand history — Why are things they way they are today? What requirements were we trying to meet? Before making a major change to a process, we need to establish the original requirements and identify their sources. We also need to understand any constraints that influenced early decisions, and how long-standing processes have evolved since being created. This stage involves asking questions, examining mailing list archives, and studying existing tools.

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